Air Fryer Stuffing –Have you ever wanted to make stuffing in the oven but don’t want it to take up your entire day? Or maybe you have an Air Fryer and can’t find a recipe for that either. Here is the solution! This recipe uses your Air Fryer and is perfect for any holiday meal!
There are many ways to cook stuffing for Thanksgiving. One of the most popular is using a turkey roasting pan and an oven. This method requires time, energy, and patience. A new way to cook this dish is by using an air fryer.
Air frying uses 80% less oil than traditional deep-frying or pans searing while cooking food at temperatures as high as 400 degrees Fahrenheit in just minutes! Now you can enjoy delicious Air Fryer Stuffing without all the extra work that comes with traditional methods!
Plus, it will free up your oven for other great Thanksgiving Side Dishes!
What Is Stuffing?
A lot of people are confused about what stuffing is. Stuffing can be breadcrumbs, butter, onion, celery, and spices (typically sage and thyme). You may moisten the mix with broth or water before baking. It is typically cooked inside the bird cavity to infuse it with flavor. Stuffing is a dish served as an accompaniment to roast poultry and other meats at dinner time during winter holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Stuffing is a type of bread or grain dish that is typically served with poultry. You can make stuffing from many ingredients, but the most common are bread crumbs, onions, celery, and salt. The Recipe for Stuffing was created to use old pieces of stale bread in a flavorful dish for people who could not afford anything else. Nowadays, stuffing has evolved into an all-around favorite side dish for many different types of dishes!
While traditional, it’s prepared in either a crockpot or oven. Today, we used the Air Fryer and air fried up a version for you! So good and easy!
What Is The Difference Between Stuffing And Dressing
If you are cooking for Thanksgiving dinner, you might be wondering what is the difference between stuffing and dressing. The answer may surprise you! Stuffing is made with breadcrumbs or other ingredients that are cooked inside an animal’s stomach while dressing contains raw vegetables and spices.
Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Stuffing
- Garlic Powder
- Italian Seasoning
- Black Pepper
- Celery Seeds
- Chicken Broth
How To Make Air Fryer Stuffing
In a large mixing bowl, mix cubed bread and butter.
Add the celery, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and celery seeds. Mix until the bread is all coated with butter and seasoning. Add egg and chicken broth and mix well with a spoon.
Pour the mixture into the air fryer basket and cook on a manual setting at 350 degrees F, air fryer setting, for 5 minutes.
Shake the basket (stir if you don’t have a basket, and cook for an additional 3 minutes (if you want crispier, you may want to add 2 minutes (total of 10 minutes)). Transfer into a bowl and serve as a side dish to your favorite meal.
- For best results, shake the basket several times during the cooking process to evenly cook the stuffing.
- This recipe will work in any Air Fryer Basket or Oven Model. This recipe will also work in the Ninja Foodi, Instant Pot Vortex, GoWise, Instant Pot Crisp Lid, and Mealthy Lid. The cooking time will vary, from air fryer to air fryer.
- Try to dice your bread into even pieces, so the stuffing cooks up at the same time.
WHAT BREAD IS BEST FOR STUFFING?
Bread is the quintessential stuffing ingredient. But which kind of bread is best for stuffing? For some, it’s white bread, and for others, brown bread. Who’s right? Both are!
The best bread for stuffing whether, in the Air Fryer, Oven or Crockpot, is thicker bread. You can use the bread you like for this recipe. You will have better results if your bread has more of a crust: French loaf, Chicago loaf, Ciabatta or even sourdough)
You can even use stuffing bread, but leave it out for a couple of days, so it becomes crusty!
CAN I USE DRIED HERBS?
You can use either fresh or dried herbs. I will tell you, especially around the holidays, I tend to serve my stuffing with some fresh herbs, which really brings a great freshness to the Holiday Table.
I usually serve it with some fresh thyme or sage, which not only brings out the flavor of the stuffing but also compliments the poultry on the table. Whether a turkey, duck, Cornish Hens, or chicken.
I know a lot of my readers tend to add some sausage to their stuffings. YOu can use any ground sausage (cooked, of course) in the mixture. Whether you use plain old maple sausage, spicy sausage, Italian sausage, or even chorizo sausage, make sure it’s fully cooked before adding it to the air fryer.
CAN I STUFF THIS INSIDE MY TURKEY TO BAKE?
You can use this as a simple regular old stuffing recipe to add to your turkey cavity. Remember, if you add any stuffing to the Thanksgiving Bird, it will need to reach 165 degrees F before it’s considered safe to consume.
WHAT ELSE CAN I STUFF WITH THIS RECIPE?
My kids love stuffing, so through the year, I stuff our pork chops, chicken, and even bell peppers! It’s so yummy!
DO YOU NEED TO TOAST THE BREAD FOR STUFFING OR CAN YOU SKIP TOASTING?
When making stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner, there is a question that many cooks ask- should you toast the bread before adding it to the mix?
It’s not necessary to toast before adding it in. The answer is no! You can just put your cubed pieces of bread right into the pan with all of your other ingredients and stir them together. With the air fryer, it will perfectly toast your bread while cooking the rest of the ingredients up!
CAN I USE A STUFFING MIX INSTEAD OF MAKING HOMEMADE STUFFING?
Absolutely, use this with your favorite boxed stuffing mix, whether you pick it up at Trader Joe’s, Costco or the corner grocery store. The recipe will work exactly the same.
For extra flavor add some fresh herbs!
MAKE AHEAD INSTRUCTIONS:
Stuffing is one of the most classic Thanksgiving dishes. Some people love to make their stuffing fresh on-site, while others prefer to prepare it ahead of time. If you’re wondering if it’s better to make your stuffing in advance,
Making your stuffing early means that you can get all of the ingredients out before you start cooking anything else. You’ll also have more time to whip up a delicious side dish or appetizer – or even take care of other tasks around the house!
HOW DO I REHEAT STUFFING IN THE AIR FRYER?
If you want to reheat your stuffing, add it to the basket, and set the temperature to 350 degrees F, air fryer setting, heat until warmed through.
I usually mix in either melted butter or vegetable broth to my leftover stuffing, to add some moisture.
More Air Fryer Thanksgiving Recipes:
- HOMEMADE CRANBERRY BREAD (PERFECT FOR THANKSGIVING)
- AIR FRYER APPLE PLUM TARTS
- AIR FRYER TURKEY CROQUETTES
- AIR FRYER GARLIC PARMESAN TRUFFLE POTATO WEDGES
- AIR FRYER BAKED SWEET POTATOES
- AIR FRYER ROASTED CANNED CARROTS
- 4 cups bread cubed (I like to get the French bread and cut ½ inch thick slice and cut each slice in cubes)
- 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
- ½ cup chopped celery
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
- ¼ teaspoon celery seeds
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup chicken broth
- In a large mixing bowl, mix cubed bread and butter.
- Add the celery, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and celery seeds. Mix until the bread is all coated with butter and seasoning
- Add egg and chicken broth and mix well with a spoon.
- Pour the mixture into the air fryer basket and cook on a manual setting at 350 degrees F air fryer setting for 5 minutes.
- Shake the basket (stir if you don’t have a basket, and cook for an additional 3 minutes (if you want crispier, you may want to add 2 minutes (total of 10 minutes))
- Transfer into a bowl and serve as a side dish to your favorite meal.
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!
- You can use the bread you like for this recipe. You will have better results if your bread has more of a crust: French loaf, Chicago loaf, Ciabatta or even sourdough)
- If you have a blend of seasoning you like you can use it instead of this one.
- I use salted butter, but you can easily use unsalted or even oil if you want.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 183Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 467mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g
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